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What Are You Looking At?

wren looking in water
wren looking in water

What Are You Looking At?

If you know wrens, they can be a little bossy and territorial. This wren seeing her reflection would definitely challenge another wren in her water bowl. They are such little birds but absolutely imperious, and can make more noise than a bird twice their size. I think they try to make up for appearing to be cute by being very starchy.

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What Are You Looking At?

wren looking in water

What Are You Looking At?

If you know wrens, they can be a little bossy and territorial. This wren seeing her reflection would definitely challenge another wren in her water bowl. They are such little birds but absolutely imperious, and can make more noise than a bird twice their size. I think they try to make up for appearing to be cute by being very starchy.


This Year’s Hawk

cooper's hawk in bare tree branches

This Year's Hawk

Every year when bird feeding season begins in earnest, a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk claims my yard as its territory. Those myriads of sparrows, chickadees, titmice, cardinals, wrens, jays and more play their own avian game of Russian Roulette, coming to the feeders and water bowl every day, not knowing when the hawk’s silent shadow will fall on one of them. Usually the hawk captures a larger bird, a slow-moving mourning dove or a daring starling, but every day, at least one bird becomes a meal.

I intentionally overexposed this so that the background would flash out the smaller branches and leaves and create this monochromatic, almost abstract pattern along with the zoom lens on 300mm focusing on the bird. The photo is more about the birds’ stark reality than the hawk itself.